Kochi University of Technology



Delegation of University of Missouri St. Luis visited Kochi University of Technology new!

Dr. Joel Glassman, the Director of International Studies & Program and Dr. Norihito Furuya, the visiting professor, International Business Advisory Board Member of University of Missouri St. Luis (UMSL) visited Kochi University of Technology (KUT) from September 9th to 10th .

The 3rd YOSAKOI Summer School was held  new!

The 3rd YOSAKOI Summer School which is KUT’s annual international summer program opened to overseas students was held from August 3rd to 12th 2014 with the support of Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science which Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) subsidized to promote exchange of the students in the field of science and technology in Asian region.

Kochi University of Technology signed the partnership agreement with Organizing Committee of 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

TOKYO 2020 organizing committee of Olympic and Paralympic Game completed their partnership arrangement with 552 universities from every prefecture in Japan to promote and reinforce the Olympic values ahead of the 2020 Games. Kochi University of Technology entered into the agreement to support the awaited Olympic and Paralympic games.
This partnership will utilize the resources of the universities to promote Olympic education, help keep olympism at the heart of Japanese society and raise awareness of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.

KUT student won the most outstanding student award from Japan Geoscience Union

Mr. Hiroki Khono, Master 1 student in Professor Masayuki Yamamoto’s laboratory, Electronic and Photonic Systems Engineering Course won the most outstanding student award in the category of Space and Planetary Science at Japan Geoscience Union annual meeting 2014 held in Yokohama. The award-wining paper title is Basic development of a small balloon-mounted telemetry with its operation system.

Associate Professor Shin Yoshida received awards for his work of Kagamino bus stop

The bus stop near Kagamino Park adjacent to Kochi University of Technology campus was designed on the concept of “Existing in harmony with local community” by Associate Professor Shin Yoshida (School of System Engineering) in last April. Associate Professor Yoshida won design award from Asia Award (DFAA) 2013 and 4 other reputable awards for this work last year.

International Symposium on Interaction Design and Human Factors (IDHF) will be held at Kochi University of Technology in November, 2014.

Research Center for Human Computer Interaction (CHCI), Kochi University of Technology (KUT), Japan will host the International Symposium on Interaction Design and Human Factors (IDHF) from November 25th to 27th, 2014. KUT will be the venue for this symposium. The objective of IDHF is on interaction design and human factors (specially, human error and human cognitive-motor control ability), and it attracts an international community of practitioners, researchers, academics students from a broad range of discipline.

Assistant to the President for International Affairs, TNI visited KUT

Dr. Wimol San Um, assistant professor of Faculty of Engineering, Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology (TNI), Thailand visited Kochi University of Technology (KUT) from June 9th to 13th, 2014 to discuss further development in terms of scholar and students exchange between TNI and KUT. Dr. Wimol San Um said TNI will provide favorable opportunities for KUT students to study in Thailand, and welcome them to deepen the academic ties between two universities during the meeting with Professor Akimitsu Hatta, the chair of International Relations Center of KUT.

Associate Professor Kikuma Watanabe selected as a grand winner of AZ Awards for Design Excellence

The finalists selected amongst the international architectural and design community, from Canada, U.S., Brazil, Japan and beyond by AZ award jury members gathered at the award ceremony in Toronto on June 20th, and KUT Associate Professor Kikuma Watanabe became the grand winner for the category of commercial and institutional building under 1000 square meters.

Associate Professor Tatsuro Kosaka won JCOM Award for Scientific Papers

Tatsuro Kosaka, the Associate Professor of School of Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, won JCOM award for scientific papers.
Committee on Composite Materials of the Society of Materials Science Japan (JSMS) carefully screened the papers contributed to Journal of the Society of Materials Science, Japan in the past 2 years at its annual committee meeting. The award goes to the papers which contribute to the development of research in the field of composite materials, and show academic and technical excellence.

The vice president, Masahiko Isobe became JSCE president

The vice president of Kochi University of Technology, Masahiko Isobe, was appointed as the 102nd president of Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE) on June 13th, 2014.
JSCE well known as the largest academic society in Japan having over 40,000 memberships, was established as an incorporated association in 1914, and marks its 100th anniversary of the founding this year. KUT chair, Hajime Okamura served as JSCE president 15 years ago, and KUT vice president, Masahiko Isobe became the second JSCE president selected from Shikoku region.

Professor Shigeyama and Professor Kumagai won JSCE award for regional contribution

The Shikoku branch of Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE) honored Yoichiro Shigeyama, the professor of School of Systems Engineering, Yasuhiko Kumagai, the professor of Research Organization for Regional Alliances and Fumika Nakamura, the teacher of Kochi Technical High School for their regional contribution in Kochi area.

Associate Professor Kikuma Watanabe selected as a finalist of AZ Awards for Design Excellence.

Associate Professor Kikuma Watanabe’s architectural work named “School Floating in the Sky” was nominated as a finalist for the category of commercial and institutional building under 1000 square meters of the Awards for Design Excellence 2014 out of 652 submissions by designers, manufactures, architects and students in 36 countries.

Professor Makoto Iwata won IEICE Communications Society Excellent Paper Award

The paper titled “Ultra-Low-Power Data-Driven Networking System and Its Evaluation” co-authored by Professor Makoto Iwata, School of Information, Kochi University of Technology, his ex-advisees, Dr. Shuji Sannomiya and Dr. Kei Miyagi, and 4 others earned 2013 IEICE Communications Society Excellent Paper Award.

The Delegates from Heilongjiang University, China visited KUT

Mr. Qu Kejun, the Vice President, Mr. Wang Guowen, the Director, Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges, and other 2 delegates from the Heilongjiang University, China visited Kochi University of Technology to sign the memorandum of understanding for student exchange on April 28th, 2014.

the Minister of Embassy of Bangladesh, Tokyo visited Kochi University of Technology

Dr. Jiban Ranjan Majumder, the Minister of Embassy of Bangladesh, Tokyo visited Kochi University of Technology on April 28th. Mr. Majumder has been on the way of his circuit tour to the universities in Japan which Bangladesh students are currently enrolled.

Professor Masanobu Nagano was awarded the Medal with a Yellow Ribon

Professor Masanobu Nagano, the Head of Center for Regional Alliances, Kochi University of Technology was awarded Ojuhosho, the medal with a yellow ribbon for industriousness in spring 2014 for his years of Geological research activities and its achievement.


Assoc. Prof. Yasunori Matsumoto received the 2014 Commendation for Science and Technology

Assoc. Prof. Yasunori Matsumoto (Research Organization for Regional Alliances Kochi University of Technology) and Izui Tekkosho Co., Ltd received the 2014 Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Prize for Science and Technology, Technology Category.
This prize is presented to entities and scientists that have been outstanding in areas such as development of prominent technology which has high potential to contribute local economy.

Overseas training in Thailad and Singapore

For promoting better understanding in foreign culture, fostering global-mindset, and increasing communication skills, Kochi University of Technology conducted an overseas study tour in Thailand and Singapore from March 2nd to 12th, 2014.
The training group consists of 17 selected students. In the first half of the program, they visited KUT partner schools in Thailand, such as Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology (TNI), King Monukuts University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) and Chulalongkorn University. KUT students made a presentation to introduce Japanese culture in English by using the slides they prepared in Japan at each school.

Entrance Ceremony was held

On April 3rd, KUT held an entrance ceremony for the academic year 2014 at the auditorium.
511 bachelor students, 4 transferred bachelor students, 109 master students and 10 doctoral students including 3 special scholarship program students selected from Japan,China, Egypt and Poland took their first step to their school life in KUT.

KMUTT delegation visited KUT

The delegation from King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thongburi (KMUTT) lead by Prof. Anak Khantachawana visited Kochi University of Technology

Commencement Ceremony was held

Kochi University of Technology held a commencement ceremony at the auditorium on March 20th. 474 bachelor students, 95 master students, and 14 doctoral students embarked on the new chapter of their life.

KUT table tennis club visited China

For sports exchange with Shenyang University of Technology and Heilongjiang University, the selected 16 table tennis club members led by professor Miho Hamada, the coach of the team visited Shenyang and Harbin, China from March 1st to March 11th, 2014.

Japanese Cultural Tour in Kobe, Osaka, Nara & Kyoto

Twenty four KUT international and seven Japanese students joined the Japanese cultural tour to four cities in Kansai area on February 22nd to 24th. The international students are from China, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Latvia. Two of them are leaving after the completion of their 3-year doctoral course.

Congratulating Professor Emeritus Yasuharu Suematsu on winning the Japan Prize


The ambassador to Japan of Federated States of Micronesia visited Kochi University of Technology

John Fritz, the ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Japan, Kunio Suenaga, the economic attaché/officer of Federated States of Micronesia, and other people concerned made an official visit to Kochi Prefecture for 3 days. On January 29th Wednesday, they visited Kochi University of Technology (KUT) and exchanged their views with the KUT chair, Hajime Okamura, the president, Taketo Sakuma, the vice president, Masahiko Isobe, the chair of International Relation Center (IRC), Prof. Akimitsu Hatta and the director of IRC, Prof. Shinichiro Sakikawa.

Prof. Kikuma Watanabe is awarded 2013 International Awards Program for Religious Art & Architecture


A former designated Assistant Professor, is selected for The Recruitment Program of Global Experts , Thousand Talents Program, for 2013.


Publication of “Methods and Applications of Cycloaddition Reactions in Organic Syntheses” a book by Professor Nishiwaki- January 2014


The 9th International Symposium for Social Management Systems 2013 was held in Sydney

The 9th International Symposium on Society for Social Management Systems (SSMS 2013) was conducted from December 2nd to 4th, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. The total of one hundred fifteen faculty members and researchers from seven countries from the Asian region participated and explored the science, engineering, medicine and economics and social systems in responding to mega disasters, with the special theme of “Jobs, Lives, and Hearts of our People” .

The 9th SSMS, cosponsored by the Kochi University of Technology and the University of Western Sydney (UWS), were marked by achieving the new horizon of Social Management Systems collaborates with Medical Science and Psychological aspects.

New international students experienced Japanese culture

On Nov 10th, 2013, new international students who were enrolled this October and their Japanese tutor students joined a tour to Kochi city culture plaza Cul-Port to learn flower arrangement.
Beautiful Japan